Category Archives: Concepts

Ideas & Concepts,

DIY isn’t always the best option…

  A great example of how poorly understood this platform really is.  This hack job was done by a professional gunsmith. What started out as a solid CHF Centurion 16" carbine barrel...is now an example we will use in an Armorers course. A customer had a 16" barrel with carbine gas system...with an appropriate gas port for that config. This barrel was made by FN, and sold by Centurion (both awesome companies.) The customer took this barrel to a gunsmith to be cut down to an 11.5" barrel. It was cut, recrowned, and threaded beautifully...but it won't run. Why? Because the gunsmith never bothered to open the gas port to compensate for the reduction of dwell time. The customer was frustrated the gun wouldn't run and sought help on the internet...where all the experts live. He was wrongly informed his problem was gas block alignment and was instructed to dimple his barrel...with a hand drill, and no jig. You can see how awesome that turned out...  
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What is quality?

  What is quality? According to the American Society of Quality, quality is - 1. the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; 2. a product or service free of deficiencies in“fitness for use;” or in a “conformance to requirements.” You see the problem lies in a consuming public not knowing what really constitutes well made gear. If you have condor gear in any color outside of multicam or ATACS AU and it was purchased between 2012-2013 then chances are it was made with us made MC and Atacs raw fabric out of Duro and Schott Performance. That said, the geometry and methods used to construct their products are substandard at best with frequent deviations from specifications (most noticeably in PALS channel formation) Sometimes the stitch length is as big as 4 stitches per inch on major surfaces up to 6 SPI, when your break strength is about 11lbs per stitch it does count when you start applying a warload. Take a ruler alongside your stitches and see for yourself. .. measure the pals Webbing too, 1.5" on center, 1" gap in between Rarely do you see any reinforcement to

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Tactical, cold, wind, rain, survive.

Here are some things to consider regarding layering and desolate areas. The land of many mountains, high desert and high winds can make for a challenging way to manage your body heat while working with tacti-cool gear. The critical issue is to maintain a balance of body core temperature and also minimize perspiration which will accelerate dehydration and also can be an issue with evaporative cooling when you don’t want it to happen. Here is what I use, some of it is commercial mountaineering gear and some is military gear. I mix and match because I don’t always want to look like a barrel chested freedom fighter (Kilimanjaro, Africa) and frankly I like lightweight gear for my wilderness operations- it allows me to move faster. As long as the colors are muted, such as drabs, khakis, grays, etc. I will use it. I made a switch away from polypro and capilene about ten years ago. I have favored merino wool due to its lightweight, non-funk smell and it works in hot and cold weather. I have a variety of merino thin bottoms from Patagonia, Smartwool, Helley Hansen and the like. I prefer thin layers of wool next to my skin

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The Red Dot Field Of View.

With magnified optics a larger field of view is absolutely desirable. Even shooting with both eyes open that larger field of view (FOV) lets you see more through that magnified window. Sometimes with red dot sights (RDS) we shift all of our focus to our dominant eye, a larger window can be beneficial. Dave Merrill and Roland the Terrible pointed out a larger window is more forgiving in both finding the dot and in shooting from unconventional shooting positions where you to not have that perfect cheek weld. RDS have some added benefits due to their lack of magnification; our field of view with an RDS can be what we see with our two eyes. Because we have binocular vision the Bindon Aiming Concept applies. This concept requires both eyes to be open to let your brain superimpose the dot on your target when changing your focus to your non-dominant eye. If it sounds too good to be true - try it out yourself. Cover the exterior lens of your RDS and aim with both eyes open. Although you cannot see through the optic, the red dot appears on what you are aiming at. Please note this may not work

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Accuracy and Optics Placement

Accuracy by volume is a great concept; however time is working against you with that process. In order for us to be efficient little gunfighters we need true accuracy; accurate with each shot. This all starts with us the shooter. We need a good foundation of the basics to be able to function efficiently and accurately. Through training and practice we can increase our accuracy, efficiency, and overall speed. We can get the most accurate weapon and give it to someone who is not trained and efficient and they will not perform as well as one who is trained. When I mention efficiency I'm referring to effective weapon manipulation and sufficient speed of getting on target, pressing the trigger and providing follow up shots as needed and doing this all while still making accurate hits on target. Once we iron out our performance issues then we can focus on weapon improvements. Some of these deficiencies we can address immediately while we train. A weapon’s accuracy is a combination of the weapon itself, whatever sighting system it uses, and how those two components are put together (mounts). If we have an quality firearm but a cheap optic you have negated the

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Light and the Inverse Square Law

By Michael Johnson So I've debated posting this for a while because I'm not a firearms expert (not even close), but I wanted to share some knowledge that I do have that I don't think most people understand. I work as a photographer and thus my expertise is in light and working with light. With that intro, I've seen a fair amount of resistance and misunderstanding about lumens and light and how far it reaches and how bright it is. There is a physics concept call the Inverse Square Law. In a nutshell, the Inverse Square Law says that if you double your distance from light source to target, you'll only get 25% of the light reaching your target that you had before. Not 50% like you may think. Double your distance quarter your amount of light. So going from 300 lumens to 600 lumens will only give you an extra 25% reach, it won't double your reach. Twice as far doesn't mean half the light, it means a quarter the light. Thus all these people running around saying 'all the lumens'. Light falls off fast, really fast. So take as much as you can get. Richard Sandstrom pointed out

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SME/Mods/Instructors Titles on Forums

Insight by Shane Fitch Not all Forums are created equal. Just because you see someone has a SME/Mod/Instructor/whatever title doesn't necessarily mean that that person is qualified for that title. Yes, there are exceptions to this. Use care and caution when taking in information. As with anything else, check other sources and verify. I treat SME titles folks like I treat Instructors I want to train with. What are their backgrounds and experience? Someone can attend a instructors 'Instructor certification' class but does not necessarily mean that that person is qualified to teach. It does not matter if you are a good american, LEO or MIL wanting to enhance your skill set, do your research.  
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Stop Blinding Yourself

  People that complain about too much light from flashlights or weaponlights seem to have the same weakness in their argument as those who argue against 9mm. Too much light blinds me, the reflection into the wall/mirror gets to me / 9mm doesn’t get the job done, it’s too weak. Want to know the solution to both arguments? Training and technique, because it is all about shot placement for both of those issues. Pretty much everyone drives and they have received minimal instruction. Formula One drivers are highly trained and there are not many of them. People using weaponlights in a tactical application without training are regular drivers trying to be Formula One. Training provides concepts and technique the untrained will most likely not get on their own. Training shows you how to maximize your equipment and gets you out of the slow lane. You might get to drive Dale Earnhardt Jr's car, but that does not mean you will drive it like he does. There is a reason Surefire keeps pumping out newer lights with higher outputs. We want them. I need to be able to identify the threat as far away as possible and engage if necessary. I

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Emotion is Soft and Cuddly (and Sometimes Bad)

Emotion is soft and cuddly.  It is comfortable. Emotion is reassuring.  Emotion makes bad decisions. Emotion does not have a place with your decision on guns, gear, and/or training. Effective options are the ones that help win the fight. People’s sentimental attachments to antiquated options that do not perform as well as modern options just get in the way of good info flow.  It seems there is a lot of irrational output circulating that doesn't need to be there. This is all from people who are emotionally attached to poor options in guns/gear/training. There are Facebook gun groups and internet forums that are essentially fan clubs full of non-type A personalities who latch onto what they think is a type A. They follow a cult of personality which is boisterous and loud but has no substance. They trade a fantasy for results within reality. There is a lot of training out there that is just LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) that seems to cater to this type of crowd. They are victims of their own limited reference. The concept of the Kruger & Dunning effect is quite rampant. "People tend to hold overly favorable views of their abilities in many

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